Author: Wendy Speake

When Evil is Repaid With Evil

One of the earliest verses my firstborn and I memorized together was Romans 12:21 which says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Over and over again we’d quote it when someone did wrong.  When a child dumped sand on my son’s head at the park, I’d remind my three year old, “What are we to do when someone does evil toward us?” His sweet brown eyes would soften as his high-pitched toddler voice sang out, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Here at The MOB Society this month we...

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Unwrapping the Gift: Emmanuel

And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger… because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7) No room for them in the inn. No room for them. No room for Jesus. In all of Jerusalem there was no vacancy for the Savior of the world–no space for the Messiah. No one welcomed His mother, in the deep throws of labor, into their homes, into their inn, into their lives. Plenty of books and blog posts, Christmas songs and sermons admonish us to make room in the...

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Redirecting Your Discontent Son

Wrapped up in half a dozen blankets, with a sippy cup of milk dangling from his teeth and a book in each hand, my child crawled up into my lap.  It was a joy to snuggle close at bedtime, visiting The Hundred Acre Woods and Neverland together.  But as he grew, so did the number of his storybooks and the size of his cup.  Though we set boundaries in our bedtime routines, every night stretched longer than the one before.  Another song, a longer back tickle, a made up story, another Bible story, another visit from Dad and one more prayer…...

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